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Reading Place of Culture – Funding Opens in September

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Previous projects included Reading Museum object handling

Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the third year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents.

Two Pots Of Money

Two pots of £20K and one pot of £30K are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, with the aim of engaging local people in order to have a significant positive impact on their well-being.

This is the third year of a three year project running to 2020. Successful bidders must work with one or more of the target priority groups identified.

Funds are available for arts, culture or heritage projects that help:

·         Older People at risk of loneliness and social isolation: 20k co-funded by Berkshire Community Foundation. Projects must use arts, culture or heritage activities to combat loneliness and social isolation for older people who face the greatest barriers to engagement in the community and in the arts.

·         Creative Employment: 30k match funded by Brighter Futures for Children, for creative projects working with young people who are not in education, employment or training, with a focus on particular provision for young people with autistic spectrum disorders and/or special educational needs and disabilities. Projects must provide meaningful work experience within a creative industry.

·         Women at risk: 20k co-funded by Berkshire Community Foundation, for projects that deliver high quality cultural and creative activities for disadvantaged women, in particular those who are at risk of modern slavery, exploitation, domestic violence and abuse, sexual assault and social isolation.

Reading Place of Culture Funding – Comment

Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: “I’m excited, as we move into the third year of this fantastic project, to see the potential for even more local groups flourish.  I’d encourage interested groups to contact us for more information on the funding available and to register with the Council’s electronic tendering portal InTend  as the funds will go live for applications in mid to late September.

“We know that engaging in arts and cultural activities has a wide reaching beneficial impact on people’s health; improving recovery from illness, promoting community spirit, combatting loneliness and relieving the pressure on GP services. I’m keen to see how future innovative projects can help contribute towards supporting the well-being of Reading’s residents.

“The three projects we have funded during year 1 are already having a significant impact on the lives of the people involved and our year 2 funding projects are also now underway. Reading is the sum of all our amazing residents and groups and the efforts that they work so hard on to bring to fruition to our town’s benefit. These dedicated and talented people are an integral key to Reading’s ever-expanding and increasingly noted cultural offerings.

 “I’d also like to extend our thanks to the generous support from National Lottery players and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England, which has enabled these projects to take place.”

Purpose Of Fund

The purpose of the fund is to enable arts, culture and heritage organisations to change how they work with the voluntary, community sectors and public services, to collaboratively contribute to meeting local social objectives.

Reading, Place of Culture funding is part of the Great Place Scheme, which is funded by the Arts Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England. Find out more at www.greatplacescheme.org.uk

How To Apply

To apply for this fund, organisations must be registered with InTend, the Council’s electronic tendering portal at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/readingbc

The funds will go live for applications around mid to late September.

For more information or any questions contact Elizabeth.Allum@Reading.gov.uk